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- By mid-century, many colonists had also begun linking
their system w/the British one [governor=monarch,
assemblies=House of Commons] and viewing the
assemblies as the people’s protectors [even though the
assemblies didn’t pay attention to the concerns of the
poor and were not reapportioned for pop. changes].
*Colonial Politics Continued: Internal Crises At MidCentury*
- So up to 1850ish things were going pretty well, politicswise. But after that a series of crises demonstrated the
tensions that had been building [ethnic, racial, economic]
that had been building in American society and illustrated
that the accommodations reached after the Glorious
Revolution were no longer adequate.
- One of the earlier crises, the Stono Rebellion,
occurred in South Carolina in 1739. One morning, twenty
slaves gathered south of Charlestown and stole guns
and ammunition from a store and then killed the
storekeepers and nearby families before heading
towards Florida, where they hoped to find refuge.
Although the slaves were soon captured, this shocked 28 the colonists and laws against blacks were made
- The hysteria generated by the Stono Rebellion,
combined w/fears of Spain b/c of King George’s War,
manifested itself most strongly in New York in 1741 when
whites suspecting that a biracial gang was conspiring to
start a slave uprising [the New York Conspiracy] began
a reign of terror. This showed that the assemblies were
really unable to prevent serious disorder.
- The land riots in New Jersey and New York certainly
seemed to confirm that – for instance, the most serious
riots, which occurred in 1765/1766 around the Hudson
River, occurred b/c in the 1740s New Englanders had
arrived in the area and had started illegally squatting on
the lands rented out to tenants by large landowners. After
a family sued and the courts supported them, the farmers
rebelled for a year.
- Additionally, in the Carolinas the Regulator
Movements occurred, in which backcountry farmers
[mainly Scottish and Irish immigrants] rebelled a...
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